The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (3/29/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Black Sheep Ale, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown, our black uniforms and our appearance in the Final Four.

It just keeps getting better and better. I used the term "black sheep" not because of my opinion, but the seemingly national opinion (see THIS FanShot). I have a feeling this is going to be a fun week of coverage. I love the tips, suggestions and requests. Don't forget to VOTE. Exotic Eight voting ends tonight at 8 EDT with the Fantasized Four revealed sometime after 9 pm EDT. Let's jump in...

What You May Have Missed:

Indianapolis’ Far-Fetched Foursome - SI.com

Duke, Michigan State, Butler, West Virginia make up gritty Final Four - Seth Davis - SI.com

A great tournament culminates with four unique teams - ESPN

Something For Everyone At 2010 Final - NCAABB FanHouse

A Sense of Purpose - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia Mountaineers staff exploring options for Darryl "Truck" Bryant to play in Final Four - ESPN

Photo Gallery IV: West Virginia - Kentucky - BGN

West Virginia 73, Kentucky 66 - East Regional, Syracuse, N.Y. - Photos - SI.com
This photo and the 2 following are WVU.

East Regional Championship Celebration - BGN
Video links

WVU fans greet team on return - Charleston Daily Mail

Sights And Sounds: Coliseum Craziness - WVMetroNews
Video

WVU national semifinal tickets available - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

Upstarts like Louisville eliminated many of the favored - 03.23.59 - SI Vault
Article from the SI vault of WVU's last Final Four appearance

I couldn't resist posting this after it was emailed to me:

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News of Note:

Almost Heaven, Indeed - WVIllustrated.com

Familiar faces join upstarts in Final Four - Tampa Tribune

Huggs’ lofty goal still alive - Register-Herald (AP)

Huggins close to bringing title home - FOX Sports on MSN

WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins has John Calipari under his thumb - Courier-Journal
Includes a video of Huggs post-game

Final Four nice but it's not enough - Charleston Gazette

WVU sports at new level of excellence - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Country Roads Lead to the Final Four for West Virginia! - EerSports

Butler: WVU's style wore down Wildcats - Charleston Gazette

Mazzulla leads WVU to spot in Final Four - Charleston Daily Mail

Mazzulla's play key ingredient; Healthy guard a reason Mountaineers are Indianapolis bound - PPG

Mazzulla healthy, more confident - Times West Virginian
Mickey's Column

WVU's Mazzulla leads the way - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jonnie West wants to win one for Jerry - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Even a WVU legend worries about 'bad luck' - Charleston Daily Mail

Former player recalls WVU 1959 championship game - Charleston Daily Mail

Bryant says special shoe may allow him to play - Charleston Gazette

Running with the Devils - Times West Virginian

WVU upset Duke in ’08 tournament - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Dickie V's Final Four Players To Watch - ESPN Video

Mountaineer nation spans the Web - Times West Virginian

Football:

Eagles To Workout OT Capers - Scout.com

Spring Analysis Blog - West Virginia's QBs - Scout.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kentucky basketball's first-round talent suffered a fourth-round flameout - Courier-Journal

John Clay: What will Calipari do for an encore? - Lexington Herald Leader
Re-stock with questionable recruiting and lose in the 3rd round next year maybe?

Kevin Willard will 'come in with a plan' as Seton Hall's new head coach - Star Ledger

Mason emerges as impact LB for Panthers - PPG

Syracuse University's football defense in a word: Attack - Post Standard

‘Circle' drill shapes Cards' mind-set - Courier-Journal

Permanent move to center a 'relief' for Rutgers' Howard Barbieri - Star Ledger

Videos of Interest:


Video of (Dis)Interest:

This never gets old...

NCAA Analysis of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from the UK and has been featured in a certain "bunny mag" (UK edition). I had to dig a bit for a SFW galley. Here's Gemma Massey.


Black Sheep Ale image via www.crewelimelight.co.uk

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